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Well Done: Shake up Memorial Day barbecue sides with a different potato salad

Memorial Day is only a few days away and that means it’s time to get the grill going. It’s the perfect way to relax with your family and enjoy a beautiful warm-weather afternoon.

Most people can grill a hamburger or chicken pretty easily, but it’s the side dishes that can take this meal from good to great.

And this amazingly delicious Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad has got great written all over it.


The sweetness of the Louisiana yam complements any barbecue style while reflecting the fresh ingredients of the season.

Bursting with sweet and spicy flavors, this is one of my go-to recipes. Another favorite you can find on my blog is my Cool Coleslaw, made with cucumber, mint, peanuts, oranges and no mayo, from my KITCHEN 101 cookbook. 

And, since May is National Arthritis Month, I might also mention that this recipe has anti-inflammatory ingredients. It’s from my “Eating Well To Fight Arthritis” cookbook and packs delicious nutrition. The rich orange color lets you know sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A and powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants. 

Check out my Red, White and Blue Memorial Day recipes at my blog.

Terrific Tips:

No mayo makes this a more diet-friendly option that’s vegetarian, diabetic-friendly and gluten-free.

Roasting intensifies the vegetables’ flavor.

Line the pan with foil for easy clean up.

With little fat and low sodium, sweet potatoes provide a delicious dose of fiber and vitamins A, C and E.

Beans are high in fiber, which can aid in weight maintenance. Rinse and drain canned beans and you will reduce the sodium by 40 percent.

Holly Clegg, best-selling national cookbook author of the trimTERRIFIC Eating Well cookbook series specializes in easy, healthy, everyday recipes. Visit her website, The Healthy Cooking Blog. Follow her on facebook.com/HollyClegg, instagram.com/holly_clegg/  and twitter.com/hollyclegg. Email her at holly@hollyclegg.com.

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